Pathway and River Cleanup Now September 18-20

The annual Pathway and River Cleanup was rescheduled this year due to, er, well, you know. But it’s back on for September and rejigged as a three-day event from the 18th to the 20th. This is what we got from Parks Program Coordinator Hadi Fares in late July: 

“The City of Calgary is excited to announce that we are moving forward with the 53rd Pathway and River Cleanup! The Pathway and River Cleanup will be a three-day event, running September 18-20, coinciding with World Cleanup Day. Although the spirit of the cleanup is the same, it will look a little different this year.  You and your team can choose Friday, September 18th, Saturday, September 19th, or Sunday, September 20th to complete your cleanup. City staff will be available all three days to top up supplies, answer questions, and help with any cleanup requests.

 “I have rolled over all 2020 Spring Pathway and River Cleanup registrants. So, if you signed up for a location this spring, we have automatically preregistered you for the same reach in September.” 

Crescent Heights is confirmed as good to go, so we have only to decide which day to head out and clarify the extent of our river reach: in past years it has extended from 4th Street NE at Memorial Drive to Centre Street, but in other years it has extended all the way to the bridge at Prince’s Island, so I have inquired to get clarity on that and we will plan accordingly. This is a many-hands-make-light-work project and one that Crescent Heights has participated in for almost two decades. Join us if you can, there is plenty of room to social distance and the city provides gloves, trash bags, everything we need to make a clean sweep. 

I suggest we go Saturday the 19th, but the three-day format certainly gives us flexibility. We typically do our sweep from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, meeting at the intersection by the Reconciliation Bridge and then heading westward (Ho!). There we will get everyone signed up, distribute supplies, and be off. 

Also remember our few dos and don’ts: dogs must be on a leash and must be very good dogs; no small people under the age of 12; small to medium sized people ages 12-16 must be supervised by an adult; supplies are provided but be sure to wear sturdy shoes and gloves, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat (or fascinator). Contact John McDermid ( or 403-305-9213) for more information or to sign up, or just join us down on the pathway!